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Michael Blaker’s Video Game Tuesday: Console Exclusive Content

Michael Blaker

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Destiny’s Hawkmoon Exotic Hand Cannon.

Hi everyone, I’m back with another Video Game Tuesday question for you all. It’s all about console-exclusive content!

Console exclusive content? : I’m not talking about console exclusives, like the Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4 which was only recently ported to PC. I mean things that have been released on multiple platforms but have console specific content that others can’t get.

Like what?: Well, one of the earliest examples I can think of was Soul Calibur 2, which came out with exclusive characters on each of the three major consoles at the time. The GameCube had Link, the Xbox had Spawn in their build, and the PlayStation 2 had Tekken’s Heihachi. Spawn was pretty broken in this game from what I remember, having a spooky fireball attack that reached the whole stage and could be spammed easily, but the others were much more balanced. But there are other examples like Destiny’s exclusive PlayStation content like the Hawkmoon exotic hand cannon and the Dust Palace Strike.

For another example, the PlayStation version of Hogwarts Legacy has an exclusive quest called “Haunted Hogsmeade Shop” which includes an additional dungeon and cosmetic set, and those who complete the quest and dungeon have access to an exclusive shop to “sell objects and equipment”. at better prices than anywhere else. Those who pre-ordered the game received a recipe for the Felix Felicis potion which temporarily indicates the location of the chests.

So my question is, do you like console exclusive content? If it’s just time limited, does that change your opinion of something that’s not like Soul Calibur 2’s additional characters?

Leave your answers in the comments below!